ERIC Number: ED351020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Expert Meeting on the Training of Information Users in Higher Education (Espoo, Finland, August 13-17, 1990). Final Report.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.
The purpose of this meeting was to solicit input for action on the topic of training information users in higher education with special reference to the needs of developing countries. Two documents which had been prepared to form the basis for discussion were introduced: a report of a survey that had investigated what was being done in selected areas to highlight significant achievements; and a working document which set out a summary of the main issues in user education, indicated recent developments in the changing environment consequent on technological development, and made proposals for action. Experts were invited to make additional proposals and to indicate priorities. Representatives of 12 of the 13 countries attending the meeting then presented information about user education in their countries--China; Colombia; Denmark; Finland; India; Jamaica; Morocco; Norway; the Philippines; Sweden; Trinidad and Tobago; and Zimbabwe. These presentations were followed by discussions on the rationale for user education; the target groups for this education; the main categories of user education; and the various methods of teaching that can be used. The topic of management aspects of user education was then introduced, including financial resources, staffing, staff training, and library functions. Reports on work of four education and training schools in this regard were then presented. Proposals for further action and nine recommendations for improving or developing user education programs conclude the report. Appended are the conference agenda; a list of conference participants; the welcome address; the opening speech; and a copy of the conference agenda. (KRN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.